Make a winter paper leaf and berry bough with Emma Mitchell

Paper leaf bough with berries

Emma Mitchell, author of Making Winter, says: “The festive season is the time when I have strong urges to line my house with beautiful handmade things. If I had the time, I would make everything, including hand-crocheted dungarees for the fairy on top of the tree. “In reality, I manage to make two or three… Read more

The success of being solo

Christine Ingall

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to be lonely, writes Jo Carnegie. As Beyonce once memorably sang, there are a lot of single ladies around. But we still live in a society geared towards couples and when we’re on our own, we often stop doing things we love. This can end up with us leading… Read more

My everyday moment – “I need time on my own to be silent”

Pukka Tea everyday moment

Busy executive Tiffany Jackson finds her walking commute offers a relaxing pause between work and home. “Living and working in a city, it can be hard to find a moment of peace and quiet. After a busy day in the office, speaking with clients and colleagues, I sometimes just run out of words and need… Read more

Winter flu season survival guide: How to fight colds with natural remedies like lemon, ginger, turmeric and honey

In the autumn and winter it feels as though everyone has a cold – and we know that we’re inevitably going to catch it too. While dosing ourselves with paracetamol can help, natural remedies such as elderberry syrup could also give you an extra boost and relieve some of the nasty symptoms – such as a sore… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s elderberry syrup with echinacea recipe

Both elderberries and echinacea are powerful immune system boosters and have been used to prevent and treat colds and flus for many years, according to chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample. “Ginger is also added for its antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix all of these immune powerhouses together to give your nasty… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s everyday health tonic recipe

Rachel de Thample's everyday health tonic recipe

“This tonic is a brilliant booster for everyday health and a must-have remedy to use during flu season,” says chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample. “The ginger helps to calm inflammation and create internal heat. The cayenne acts to boost circulation and horseradish is a decongestant, while garlic and onion help with overall… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s tom yum tea recipe

Tom yum tea recipe

Forager, chef and food writer Rachel de Thample describes this as “a brilliant cold-busting tea that tastes rather like tom yum soup”. Take two to three times daily when you feel a cold coming on, but avoid drinking it late at night as the ginger and cayenne make this quite a stimulating tea.    Ingredients… Read more

Rebecca Sullivan’s homemade cough syrup recipe

Oh, honey honey. Honey has so many properties that keep us healthy – from antibacterial to anti-inflammatory. When the season turns cold, the dreaded coughs and colds begin. A sore throat can mean sleepless nights and one of the simplest solutions is honey. It acts in a similar way to cough syrup by coating the… Read more

Why mindful crafting is good for your mental health – plus how you can host a Crafternoon session

The mental health charity Mind has released new research suggesting that spending too much time on social media is affecting our moods, particularly among younger adults. Research evidence from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests that craft activities, when done on a regular basis, can improve mood and increase feelings of relaxation, so Mind… Read more

How optimistic are you? Take our optimist quiz and find out how to be more positive

Optimistic woman

Are you a natural optimist or do you always think about the negatives? Do you find it easy to cope with unexpected disasters or do they completely throw you off track? While most of us are neither one extreme or the other, you’re likely to find that you identify with an optimistic or pessimistic personality… Read more